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High Expectations from ‘Nature Based Solutions’ during the Climate Action Summit - September 17, 2019

17 September, 2019

What can we expect from the Climate Action Summit?

CLARA notes that this Summit is the first time that nature-based solutions have the prominence they deserve.  That’s a good thing.  We look forward to pledges by national leaders.

But  – not every land-sector action can automatically be considered a long-term climate solution.  It depends on how the commitment is phrased, and how communities on the ground might be impacted by the proposed solution.

CLARA provides a guide to ‘high-quality commitments’ from the Climate Action Summit.  Click here to read the full post.

IPCC Releases Special Report on Land; CLARA Responds

August 8th – today the IPCC releases the second Special Report as part of the Sixth Assessment Cycle. This is the first-ever report exclusively on Land issues in the context of climate mitigation and adaptation. It’s important to read this S.R. on Land also in the context of the previous Special Report, which focused on the 1.5 degree temperature limit goal. The attached Press Release is CLARA’s response to the IPCC report release, and also links to the two-dozen Case Studies that CLARA developed to showcase successful climate action at the grassroots level.

See Press Release

NY Climate Action Summit Submissions - Engage with the Nature-Based Solutions workstream

19 April 

At the end of COP24 in Katowice, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he had five priorities for 2019: “ambition, ambition, ambition, ambition, and ambition.”  He noted the gap between what the IPCC Special Report on the 1.5°C temperature goal requires, and the pledges already made in ‘nationally determined contributions’.

Secretary General Guterres is convening a ‘Climate Action Summit’ in New York, on September 23, 2019.  Nine workstreams feed into the Summit.  One of these is ‘Nature Based Solutions’ – described as:

how we can use natural systems to mitigate and adapt to climate change and enable all people and communities to strengthen the connection to nature…. investment in nature-based solutions will have major benefits for people’s livelihoods and wellbeing as well as for ecosystem health and biodiversity. 

David Nabarro is the primary facilitator for this NBS Workstream.  All workstream facilitators are seeking input to the Summit in the form of specific Climate Actions.  As a partner in this effort, CLARA has posted below a link to the UN paper, ‘Engaging with the Nature-Based Solutions coalition for the Climate Action Summit’.   The initial deadline for submissions is 26 April!